Summing up the situation doesn’t look very rosy for ECS NF650iSLIT-A mainboard. Here is the list of drawbacks that we revealed during our test session:
- Not very rich accessories bundle;
- Four-pin ATX12V power connector;
- Graphics card slots very closely positioned to one another;
- Single graphics card will work at PCI Express x8;
- Not very convenient positioning of IDE connectors;
- No marking for front panel pin-connectors;
- Large electronic components beneath the processor socket on the reverse side of the mainboard PCB;
- No Parallel port;
- No integrated tools for BIOS reflashing;
- Overclocking-friendly functions are scattered over different BIOS Setup sections;
- No support for 1T Command Rate setting;
- Insufficient range for memory voltage increase;
- Scarce PC Health Status options;
- Non-operational Performance Defaults parameter;
- Weak overclocking potential.
As you can notice, there is nothing tragic or fatal in this list, and the majority of mentioned drawbacks are not the significant ones, but they are too numerous to leave us pleased with the product overall.
And what about advantages? I have to admit that I had hard time finding any. Even the expected low price of the ECS NF650iSLIT-A mainboard wasn’t that low at all. According to the price-lists, it is selling for $130-$140, which is also the price for ASUS P5N-E SLI on the same Nvidia nForce 650i SLI chipset. And judging by the results obtained in our recent review of this product called Nvidia nForce 650i SLI Chipset and only $130: ASUS P5N-E SLI Mainboard Review, this mainboard outpaces ECS NF650iSLIT-A from all standpoints. The situation for ECS NF650iSLIT-A mainboard may only change if its price will be much lower than that of the competitors’ solutions, so that it could make up for some of the above listed drawbacks. Although overclocking fans will hardly decide on this solution anyway.